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Back Inside the Paracosm

Re-publishing an old post as I meant to do a series of these several years back, then got distracted. I know I have some newer followers who may have missed this. A few years back, I got an old dolls’ house on eBay.  It was a simple, orange-crate homemade dolls’ house but it came with […]

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world war two

Tiresome Girls

We’ll be talking about some of the hidden gems to be found in the Women’s and Army archive at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, tomorrow.  We start at 2PM, Upper Dales Family History Group, Harmby Village Hall, nr Leyburn. Whilst working on the talk, we found in the archive, two rather interesting letters.  One, apparently […]

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Inside The Paracosm: Inside A 1940s’ Dolls’ House

Genealogy, today.  And also, something in the spirit of the blog, where I like to talk about social and domestic history – especially women and children’s lives.     “Paracosm ~ a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history…” http://www.thefreedictionary.com/   I have always been fascinated by […]

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History Knitting Leeds world war two

Wartime Fingerless Gloves

More wartime knitting. And it’s been a productive week. Here’s dad in Palestine in 1947. Not entirely the sort of place you’d need fingerless gloves, or balaclavas.  Although I’m sure he was very glad of them when he got back to rainy old Leeds, later this same year. He does remind me of the men […]

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History Knitting Leeds local history world war two

Bally Balaclavas

We’re going Balaclava crazy here. Maybe because we’re still enjoying the Yesterday channel’s Colditz fest. Maybe because it’s bally cold out there chaps, what? It all started with my attempts to knit an Edwardian balaclava, from M. Elliot Scrivenor’s 1903 ‘Knitting & Crocheting Book’. Even though what I was meant to be doing, was knitting […]